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Letters to the Editor

Honoring a life

May 16, 2007

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To the editor:

The recent verdict against the person accused of murdering social worker Helen Yolanda Riddle and two other victims has been met with mixed responses.

The friends of Yolanda would like the community to know that Jason Rose is a person she would have treated with compassion. Having come from a background where she was not always treated fairly, Yolanda chose to be a social worker because she had the empathy and heart necessary to stand up for lost and neglected people.

Her memory lives on in her family and the lives of the countless people she helped throughout her career. We chose to celebrate her life and not dwell on how it came to such an abrupt end. Her mentor at Haskell Indian Nations University, Venida Chenault, has established a scholarship program that will enable future social workers to continue Yolanda's work.

Juanita Marshall, on behalf of The Friends of Yolanda Scholarship Program,

Lawrence

Comments

amyc 7 years, 3 months ago

I also thank you, Juanita, for speaking what I feel sure would have been in our dear friend's heart. Throughout the court process I contemplated how ironic (too shallow a word to express the concept I want here) that Yolanda's passion and life's work was the very system that seems to have failed Jason Rose. I wonder what difference she could have made had she had the opportunity to connect with him. I continue to remember Yolanda's loving heart, the impact she had on me in the short time we worked together, and I believe her desire would be that compassion be shown Mr. Rose. Thank you, Juanita, for reminding us of opportunity to contribute to Yolanda's legacy though the Friends of Yolanda Scholarship Fund.

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